Skip to content

CSS Padding

The Valley of Code

Your Web Development Manual

How to work with padding in CSS

The padding CSS property is commonly used in CSS to add space in the inner side of an element.

Remember:

Specific padding properties

padding has 4 related properties that alter the padding of a single edge at once:

The usage of those is very simple and cannot be confused, for example:

padding-left: 30px;
padding-right: 3em;

Using the padding shorthand

padding is a shorthand to specify multiple padding values at the same time, and depending on the number of values entered, it behaves differently.

1 value

Using a single value applies that to all the paddings: top, right, bottom, left.

padding: 20px;

2 values

Using 2 values applies the first to bottom & top, and the second to left & right.

padding: 20px 10px;

3 values

Using 3 values applies the first to top, the second to left & right, the third to bottom.

padding: 20px 10px 30px;

4 values

Using 4 values applies the first to top, the second to right, the third to bottom, the fourth to left.

padding: 20px 10px 5px 0px;

So, the order is top-right-bottom-left.

Values accepted

padding accepts values expressed in any kind of length unit, the most common ones are px, em, rem, but many others exist.

→ Get my CSS Handbook
→ Read my CSS Tutorial on The Valley of Code
  • THE VALLEY OF CODE (+ PRO), your web development manual
  • I wrote 15+ free coding BOOKS, download them here
  • SOLOPRENEUR LAND the missing MBA for wannabe solopreneurs craving a life with more freedom, control, fulfillment and purpose (summer 2024)